I think there are two Chocolat locations in San Diego: Downtown and in Hillcrest. Even though my sisters live in Hillcrest and I’ve passed by the Hillcrest locations a few times without having gone in, for some reason we found ourselves Downtown. Upon entering the Downtown Chocolat locations, you can smell the sweetness in the air. That’s because there are crepes being made, tons of desserts in the box, and even more varieties of frozen desserts that you could ever imagine. This sweetness is mingled with the nuttiness of coffee also brewing (yum!).

I was immediately drawn to Chocolat‘s little cow logo, which is so cute! My sisters and I decided to share a crepe. The crepe was thin, filled with berries, and served with a scoop of delicious vanilla gelato. For some reason it wasn’t as delicious as I had expected though. Perhaps my expectations were too high! Oh well, maybe their chocolate stuff is better?

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So many dessert options

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So many frozen dessert options

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Even more frozen dessert options

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Fruit-Filled Crepe with Vanilla Gelato

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Cute napkins

Recently I went on a food tour with Bite San Diego, the North Park one. We were able to take in interesting North Park sites as well as sample some of the best the neighborhood has to offer. Not only is North Park the oldest neighborhood in San Diego, it used to be a wilting lemon grove and is home to the oldest operating Chinese laundromat in the city. It’s also home to many a historic bungalow, which makes the architecture in the area unique.

Stop 1 was Splash Wine Lounge & Bistro.
Stop 2 was Crazee Burger.
Stop 3 was Berkeley Pizza.
Stop 4 was Subterranean Coffee Boutique.

Stop 5 was Venissimo Cheese, which offers samples of both traditional and unusual flavored cheeses from around the world. This last stop was a little different because a store employee actually stopped and introduced each of the three cheese samples we got to try. The samples went from mild to more funky. The first was a very soft sheep cheese. The second was dusted with cocoa powder. And the third was both hard and pungent. I love cheese!

 

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Welcome!

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Cheese sample 1

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Cheese sample 2

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Cheese sample 3

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Cheeses for sale

Recently I went on a food tour with Bite San Diego, the North Park one. We were able to take in interesting North Park sites as well as sample some of the best the neighborhood has to offer. Not only is North Park the oldest neighborhood in San Diego, it used to be a wilting lemon grove and is home to the oldest operating Chinese laundromat in the city. It’s also home to many a historic bungalow, which makes the architecture in the area unique.

Stop 1 was Splash Wine Lounge & Bistro.
Stop 2 was Crazee Burger.
Stop 3 was Berkeley Pizza.

Stop 4 was Subterranean Coffee Boutique, which is known for delicious coffees and teas in a warm and stylish atmosphere. This quick drink break was actually quite welcome after all the heavy foods we had been trying! We didn’t get any coffee or tea though. In fact, we were offered a light and palatable Strawberry Lemonade. I would totally buy the Strawberry Lemonade if I were ever in this area again.

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Welcome!

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Strawberry Lemonade

Recently I went on a food tour with Bite San Diego, the North Park one. We were able to take in interesting North Park sites as well as sample some of the best the neighborhood has to offer. Not only is North Park the oldest neighborhood in San Diego, it used to be a wilting lemon grove and is home to the oldest operating Chinese laundromat in the city. It’s also home to many a historic bungalow, which makes the architecture in the area unique.

Stop 1 was Splash Wine Lounge & Bistro.
Stop 2 was Crazee Burger.

Stop 3 was Berkeley Pizza, that serves up Chicago style deep dish pizza with a San Diego twist. We actually got a chance to try the delicious Pesto Garlic Pizza and the Spinach & Mushroom Pizza. The first was quite garlicky and so thick that by the time the latter piece came out, we were already stuffed, which it was all so good to eat! And what large bites!

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Welcome!

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Locally-created walls

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Pesto Garlic Pizza

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Spinach & Mushroom Pizza

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